Watch Indiana’s House of Representatives debate amendments to the GOP redistricting plan

On Wednesday, the Indiana House of Representatives convened for its second-reading review of House Bill 1581, the Republican majority's redistricting plan for the coming decade. During second reading, legislation is open for amendments from the floor, and for the first time under debate by the entire chamber. You can read our coverage of the session here. [embed]https://youtu.be/6pFLG4Rpphc[/embed]

Indiana Senate Republicans release their maps. See them here and follow for updates

Above: Proposed Indiana Senate districts. Sept. 21, 2021 The Indiana Senate Republicans have released their redrawing of the 50 Senate districts, a plan expected to be incorporated into the overall GOP redistricting legislation on which debate is to begin Wednesday. The maps, described as initial drafts and unveiled Tuesday morning, can be viewed here: https://cdn.zephyrcms.com/6a310d15-9a4f-407c-a3c2-c69af5fe9b4f/-/inline/yes/introduced-proposed-senate-district-map.pdf The proposed Senate maps can be seen at “3” on each of the entries below. (For comparison, the current maps as redrawn in 2011, can be seen at “2” and the previous maps as redrawn in 2001 can be seen at “1.”) In a news conference…

Watch the Indiana House Elections and Apportionment Committee’s vote on the GOP redistricting plan

On Monday, Sept. 20, the Indiana House Elections and Apportionment Committee held a meeting at which members voted on House Bill 1581, the House Republicans' redistricting plan. [embed]https://youtu.be/RmSqgqYCiTU[/embed]

Commentary: Legislators can’t truly represent the people if they don’t know the people

The following column by Indiana State Rep. Sue Errington also appears at TheStatehouseFile.com. Earlier this month, I and my fellow members of the House Elections and Appropriations Committee attended public redistricting hearings across the state of Indiana and listened as hundreds of Hoosiers called for the same thing: fair maps. In a time when politics and the pandemic have divided so many, it was inspiring to hear hundreds of Hoosiers unite and demand that the legislature implement a nonpartisan redistricting process. Republicans and Democrats alike shared their many frustrations, including the fact that many of their communities were split up…

John Krull commentary: A Roman myth, redistricting and renunciation

The ancient Romans had a myth they revered. It concerned the patrician farmer turned general, Cincinnatus. In a time of extreme threat, the Romans offered Cincinnatus absolute power. He was reluctant to assume it. When he defeated the enemy, he relinquished the power he held and went back to his farm. Historians now doubt the veracity of some parts of the Cincinnatus tale. But there is no doubting the power of his legend. It helped shape the young United States because it inspired George Washington. Like the mythical Cincinnatus, Washington always seemed hesitant to take power and eager to give…

Charging gerrymandering in GOP plan, redistricting reformers present an alternative map

Pictured: Proposed Indiana House district map submitted to the Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission by Fort Wayne schoolteacher Jorge Fernandez.  Redistricting reform groups launched an intensified campaign against Indiana House Republicans' newly released redistricting proposal on Thursday, citing new academic findings that the new maps are gerrymandered and offering an alternative map that they said would provide for more competitive legislative elections. Before an overflow crowd in the House chambers at the Indiana Statehouse, the House Elections and Apportionment Committee -- expected to cast its vote on the enabling legislation on Monday -- held its second public hearing on the proposed…